Roses, Real and Rennie
KEEN gardeners will be able to revel in flowers both artistic and horticultural when The Hill House in Helensburgh, hosts its annual plant sale on Sunday, September 6.
Organised by Scotland’s Gardens Scheme (SGS), visitors will be able to buy plants and produce propagated at The Hill House, as well as shrubs, flowers, herbs and house plants raised locally by SGS volunteers. The plant sale, and the gardens, will be open from 11 am.
Visitors wanting to enjoy the famous roses painted inside The Hill House by Margaret Macdonald, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, will be able to see them when the house and tearoom opens at 12 noon.
‘This is always a popular event with gardeners,’ said Lorna Hepburn, Property Manager at The Hill House.
‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the whole of The Hill House and most of the interior decoration and furniture.
‘In the world famous drawing room and main bedroom he created indoor gardens, using roses as a key feature.
‘Visitors can view the house and take home a little piece of the garden, as well as other plants that they know should thrive as they were raised locally.’
The house has been restored and maintained to look as it did when it was completed in 1904.
The elegant gardens, which showcase the distinctive shape of the house, have been restored in line with early designs, using plants that would have been available at the time.
The plant sale finishes at 4pm and the house closes at 5.30pm. Entrance to the gardens and plant sale is free. Admission charges for the house are £10.50 for adults; £7.50 for concession; £24.50 for a family ticket (two adults and up to four children); £18 for a single family ticket (one adult and up to four children).
Further information can be obtained by phoning 01436 673900 and from the website, www.nts.org.uk .